31 December, 2011

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!!!

I hope your evening is full of sparkle, bubbles and laughter
And I hope all of your dreams come true in 2012!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 34

30 December, 2011

Kangaroo Island

Every year my husband and I go on a road trip, just the two of us - no kids. This year we are heading off on great adventure to Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Only accessible by ferry it is a remote wilderness with pristine beaches, rugged scenery, abundant wildlife and beautiful National Parks. It also boasts a luxury 5 star resort called 'Southern Ocean Lodge' but at $2000 a night for the most basic room I sadly won't be staying there. You'll find me at the campground further down the road! However I will take a fabulous dress and heels so that one summery evening we can dine at their stunning restaurant and I can check out the finishes and furniture of this very stylish eco resort.



Melissah xox

Image 1, all others Southern Ocean Lodge

29 December, 2011

Life's A Beach!


Lazy days are being spent at the beach, swatting flies, slurping ice-creams, flying kites, bumping into friends, swimming, boogie boarding, walking in the shallows, flicking through mags, feeding leftover chips to the seagulls and rubbing sunscreen into happy, suntanned kids ... just perfect!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 34, 5

28 December, 2011

Summer Road Trip



I am just in the the throws of planning this year's road trip. I have always loved a summer road trip and these fun shots reminds me of my crazy, younger days heading up to Byron Bay with my girlfriends to celebrate New Year's Eve. I still love my road trips but the girls have been replaced by my husband so the trips are more romantic and low key - watching sunsets, seafood dinners, bushwalking, exploring, and relaxed beach days. Now I wake up at the time I used to get home!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 34, 5

Surfboard Cool


I can particularly relate to this post as my house is decorated with three vintage surfboards. Naturally, this was not my decorating choice as there is nothing 'shabby chic' about a surfboard but with my husband came 2 little kids and 3 vintage boards and that was the package - so the boards were hung and I become an instant mother! All of us have co-habitated very nicely for the past 8 years and the surfboards sit happily, pride of place, on our walls giving our house a rustic 'surfie' feel that makes my husband feel right at home!

Melissah xox

Images via 1-4, 5, 34, 5, 6, 7

27 December, 2011

Destination Beach






Today is the day where there is a mass exodus from the city to the beach. With Christmas over and done with and a day to recover everyone heads to the coast. The campgrounds are full, the beaches are packed, sleepy coastal towns like mine are buzzing with activity and everyone is on holiday having fun in the sun!. Whatever you're up to I hope you are enjoying the Christmas break!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 56,

26 December, 2011

Boxing Day Celebrations



I hope everyone has pulled up okay after the merriness of Christmas Day! I hope you all had a truly wonderful day celebrating with good food, good wine, good friends, loved ones and plenty of Christmas cheer! I'm off to celebrate with my husband's family at my in-laws and I know I am in store for a day of madness and mayhem! It's crazy day with hordes of over-excited kids running wild. We always end up at the beach in a lame effort to calm them all down but at the end of the day there is a lot of happy, exhausted children with great memories that will last them a lifetime!! This Country Road campaign reminds me of our crazy family day.

Melissah xox

Images via Country Road

25 December, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I hope you and your family have a very
Merry Christmas
and a safe and happy
Holiday Season.

Thanks to everyone for giving me
 so much joy over the year
with your comments and enthusiasm!

Melissah xox

Illustration by Kerrie Hess {edited by Coastal Style}

24 December, 2011

Merry & Bright


I just adore this clever take on Christmas - it's creative and inspiring - perfect for a summertime Christmas. The colours are bright and fresh. The theme is modern so with two teenage kids they would find all this colour a heap of fun. After all, what sixteen year old girl doesn't love glitter, sequins, pink and turquoise? I am always on the look out for new and original ideas and this one takes the cake for this Christmas!

Hope you all have an absolutely fabulous day tomorrow!

Melissah xox

Images via 1-10, 11
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